2019 runner-up gets a shot at Miss Universe crown

| 17/07/2020 | 26 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
  • Cayman News Service

(CNS): If the 2020 Miss Universe pageant goes ahead this year in Las Vegas, Mariah Tibbetts, the first runner-up in 2019’s local contest, will compete for the crown. The Miss Cayman Islands Universe Committee revealed Friday that the 2020 event here has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Tibbetts has been cleared to compete by the Miss Universe Organization, which has already approved ten other runners-up for the international contest once a date is set.

Although five women had already applied to compete, the committee explained that the decision to cancel was based on the challenges it would face trying to organise and then stage a national contest here before the end of August, as per the pageant rules, given the social gathering limits and COVID-19 regulations.

The committee also said this was not the time to ask local businesses for the sponsorship the beauty contest depends on, given the current economic situation.

“The pandemic has had a financial strain on our community and the committee could not in good conscience approach sponsors when we’ve all experienced such a difficult time financially over the last few months,” said the committee chair, Derri Dacres-Lee. “Neither could the committee see how it was safe or economically feasible to host the local pageant, which draws hundreds of people in an enclosed ballroom.”

Tibbetts has accepted the opportunity to represent the Cayman Islands in 2020 at the Miss Universe international pageant once a date has been set.

Meanwhile, anyone who is interested in participating in the 2021 pageant should visit the Miss universe Cayman website to download an application.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Where is the Mr. Cayman Islands pageant? I bit more people would support this one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Outdated, time to abolish, also how can you have a Miss Universe with only one planet represented?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Geez, judging many of comments it’s no wonder so many of you embrace the lockdowns. Biggest downers on the planet without any social skills who want company in their misery.

    • Anonymous says:

      So true12:51 and I would add that it seems like a lot of the comments are from people on some kinda downer medication. Well nuff said.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bunch of old farts wishing they looked half as beautiful as the competing ladies.

      Sick of this “complain about any and everything” mentality here

  4. Anonymous says:

    Here is an idea for 2021. An online vote by every person of 18 years and older. Send the top winner of the poll to Miss Universe and the runner-up to Miss World.

    The winner of the Miss Cayman Islands 1982 pageant (Theresa Lewis-Pitcairn) was voted on by the general public. To date, no other winner has accomplished what she did. In 1982, Miss cayman Islands won – Miss universe Amity, Miss World Personality, and placed 8th Runner-up in the Miss World pageant.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How thoroughly backwards.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i like the bikini section

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pffftt! What’s a pandemic without a good ole beauty pageant to lift our spirits? Am I right? High five anyone?

    NOT!!!! Are these people for real?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Honestly….what the hell is the purpose of a beauty pageant?

  9. Anonymous says:

    As a Caymanian man, I’ve often got caught up in the hype of parading pretty women across an international stage to showcase the beauty of our own Caymanian women. However, now that I’m in my thirties and am a bit more educated on the matter, I do not support beauty pageants in any form. It objectifies and degrades women In general – this is something I do not want for my Caymanian sisters or my daughters. I’ve heard that it’s not all about the beauty, that the competition teaches girls/women poise, charm, confidence, etc. But how can parading women onto a stage in bathing suits, and evening gowns that have cutaways Showing her legs be edifying.

    It reminds me of when farmers parade their prize-winning cows before the audience during the agricultural shows.

    In 2020, is this really what we want for our women?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Two pageants for such a small population. Go back to the old way with a difference. Here is an idea going forward 2021:

    1. Prize split as follows:
    WINNER – $60,000.
    1st Runner-Up – $40,000.
    2nd Runner-Up -$25,000.

    2.WINNER – Miss Universe Pageant.

    3. 1st Runner-Up – Miss World

    Both reresentatives given equal allowances regarding preparations and wardrobe.

  11. Anonymous says:

    In other news…

  12. Anonymous says:

    How will they know they’re pretty if we don’t make them parade around for us?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Talk about tone deaf. Cancel all the trips, and all the misallocated public funds in the name of pageantry. What a waste.

  14. Anonymous says:

    2020 and still with the objectivity.

    • #beautypagentsdon’tmatter says:

      @1:08pm was thinking the same thing. A bunch of mostly men judging the women. Then after they win they become activist against men objectifying women. Want their cake, pie and prize. Sexuality sells when convenient for them. #beautypagentsdon’tmatter. Spend that money by donating to homeless and food bank.

      • Anonymous says:

        Stand down with the ranting.

      • Anonymous says:

        Women will spend thousands on make up and unique outfits, spend countless hours making themselves look as artificially perfect as possible, stress to no end over 100 calories, yet you have a problem with some competing to show off their hard work? I feel like you’re complaining just to complain or simply jealous of them.

        Direct that energy towards the p*rn industry, jeez. Have you forgotten that men also compete with spray on tan and g-strings to show off their physique?

        FYI, many of these pageants etc donate proceeds to charity anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, even in 2020 objectivity is still generally considered a good thing

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